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Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.: Living Together Without Falling Apart: Using Real Dialogue to Increase Trust and End Polarization During “Lockdown”
10 Saturdays 11am-12pm EDT
While we are surrounded by massive uncertainty within an unfolding pandemic and an economic free-fall, we may also feel afraid of what is happening between us. Are we fraying the very bonds on which we depend for problem-solving, decision-making, and social and spiritual support? In this course of ten one-hour classes, we will learn to increase trust in our relationships by becoming more skillful in how we speak and listen, and by lowering emotional threat levels. We will also investigate why it is so difficult for human beings to “get” each other, especially when we feel defensive. In any important conversation or negotiation, there is no progress without BOTH sides of a conflict being seen/heard/felt. Both sides and both points of view are needed to find lasting solutions.
Too often we resort to premature closure (giving up and walking away) or to premature compromise (saying we agree when we don’t) and fail to get to know both sides. This course will teach you the three components of Real Dialogue: (1) Speaking for Yourself; (2) Listening Mindfully; (3) Remaining Curious. You will come away with an enhanced understanding of what it means to be a “mindful witness” and why your own subjective experience accounts for most of what you see/hear/feel.
Although the course is for you as a personal communicator with your friends and family, it can also help you professionally if you are a life coach, a therapist, an executive coach, a leader, a teacher or in another kind of business or helping profession.